Doug Fischer

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DAVID PRICE
Weight class: Heavyweight
Age: 28
Record: 11-0 (9 KOs)
Region: United Kingdom
Skinny: The 6-foot-8 Liverpool native had been in the shadow of popular UK heavyweight standout Tyson Fury, the current Commonwealth titleholder, despite winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. However, Price earned some much-deserved attention from British fans with three consecutive knockout victories in 2011: a third-round TKO of South African puncher Osborne Machimana in February, a first-round blowout of usually durable American journeyman Raphael Butler in April, and an impressive second-round stoppage of fellow unbeaten prospect and stablemate Tom Dallas in June. Dallas, who carried a 15-0 record into their fight, was a late substitute for veteran John McDermott, who has twice lost to Fury. At press time, Price was scheduled to fight McDermott in an elimination bout for the British title in November. A victory could help set up an eventual showdown between Price and Fury in the near future.
Strengths: Extensive amateur background… maturity… height and reach… educated jab, accurate right hand and good counter hook… high guard… economical punching… solid balance and footwork.
Weaknesses: Questionable chin.

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